Common Rorqual

Common Rorqual

(Balaenoptera physalus)

Also known as the fin whale, its most prominent feature are its markings. The top and sides of the body are black or a dark greyish-brown, which fades gradually into white on the belly. The colour of the head, however, is asymmetrical. The right side of its face is light grey with a white jaw, matching the colouring of the throat and belly. The left side of its face is darker, with a dark grey jaw and throat. It also has a series of colour markings across the width of its back, behind its head, the most distinctive being shaped like an upside-down V, which is more visible on the right side.

Species details
  • Name: Common Rorqual
  • Scientific name: Balaenoptera physalus
  • Length: up to 20 -25 meters
  • Weight: up to 70 tons
  • Watching possibilities: medium